Why a blog from me, someone who has never been a writer, someone who has never been articulate or had a solid grasp of the grammar world. Because God told me to write. Several years ago a life storm invaded my family. God kept telling me to write it all down. I argued, but He would not let up. This went on every day for a couple of weeks until one day out of frustration, (I'd like to say it was out of obedience), I picked up a pen and paper and wrote for 7 hours straight! Do you think maybe I needed therapy and God knew it?

I've been writing ever since and have learned to love it! I started out sharing my stories with friends and family. I've now been published in a Nashville church paper, Our Daily Journey (a devotional site of RBC Ministries), PCCWeb Daily Devotional, Ruby for Women Ezine Magazine, and I am a contributor in the book Alabaster Jars, Life in Abundance Collection 2.

Why Ponderings? During this life storm, God led me to a pond in the woods behind my home. There He met me each time, teaching new lessons, reminding me of old ones, showing His presence and allowing me to feel His love through the surroundings of that pond. I found myself returning over and over to ponder, pray and praise. A healing of my heart took place and out of the experience came my first book, Ponderings From the Pond, then a second book, Ponderings From My Porch, and now a third book is in the works along with a memoir about my storm.

Why am I making myself so vulnerable? Because God has done so much that I cannot keep quiet. I have to share. Jesus's last words to his desciples were, "Go,tell." We are his disciples too and this is just one of my ways of telling.

I'm no scholar but I have heard God's voice in my spirit, experience His love daily, and have a desire for others to experience this also. I would love to share with all who visit and I would love to hear from you. If my sharing gets just one to ponder, to be quiet with the Father, to see and hear from Him or to be reminded of something from Him, then this is worth my vulnerability.

As you visit me, sometimes we will be at the pond, sometimes we will move to the front porch, and sometimes we will just be here, there, and yonder. Thank you for coming and please feel free to come back anytime, you are always welcome here.

May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.

Psalm 19:14


My first book, Ya Know What I'm Say'n, has been released.



Monday, August 20, 2012

Reach Out and Touch

My mom reminded me of a song I used to play on the piano when I was a little girl and later when I became an adult, we used to sing it together. As I read the words again, I thought how appropriate it went with pictures I have from the last three years of our blanket ministry. . .

Thought I would put the two together and share as I am thinking about starting the 4th year and the new people I might meet and reflecting on the ones I have met. These are just a few of them. If you happen to meet someone new, or old, think about this song and "Reach Out and Touch"


Reach out and touch a soul that is hungry,

Reach out and touch a spirit in despair.

Reach out and touch a
life torn and dirty,
A man who is lonely, if you care.

Reach out and touch that neighbor who hates you,
Reach out and touch that stranger who meets you,

Reach out and touch the brother who needs you,

Reach out and let the smile of God touch through you.

Reach out and touch a friend who is weary,
Reach out and touch a seeker unaware.

Reach out and touch, though touching means losing
A part of your own self, if you dare.

Reach out and give your love to the loveless,
Reach out and make a home for the homeless,

Reach out and shed God's light in the darkness,

Reach out and let the smile of God touch through you.

This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down His life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. If anyone has material possessons and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.
1 John 3:16-18
Reach out and touch someone

( if you live in or near the Bowling Green Area, please start to pray about donating blankets and sleeping bags for this coming winter. I will begin to take them at anytime. New or GENTLY used ones are welcome.
Not only do these go to the homeless but the very needy. Schools and hospitals have called me asking for blankets and we have been able to give to everyone who called because of the generous donations in the past.)

The composer of the music and the words is Charles F. Brown.
Copyright 1971 by Word, Inc.

continuing the counting of eucharisteo

                                                                       roof over my head
                                                                        walls around me
heat for the winter
air conditioning for the summer
plenty of food
family around me
soap for my body and hair
toothpaste and toothbrush
shoes for my feet
clean clothes
car to get me around
comfortable bed to sleep in
blankets to snuggle in
church home to gather with others in
people who care about me
love from my Lord

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Eva Trillian said...

A good reminder of what our purpose is; to reach out!
Your list also reminds me to give thanks for the things we so often forget we have, comfort in many ways – every day gifts that we so often are blind to! Thank you!

Vicky said...

So poignant and touching- I could hum the melody in my mind as I read. Would you consider emailing a mailing address to me? I'd bring blankets- heck I'd go with you if I were there- but the least I can do is send a donation for blankets :)

Thanks Kris- hugs to you sweetie

Denise said...

Such a precious post, bless you.

Julie Anne said...

amazing pictures... and thanks! I always find so much more to be thankful for after we serve at our local rescue mission!

Sylvia R said...

This. Touched. Me.
I read it slowly, really pulling together photos and words. I never heard that song before, but now you've marked my heart with it.
And what good thank you's to go with it.

A Joyful Noise said...

Thank you for sharing at Tell Me a Story about your precious ministry. Your blankets will keep someone warm and the love shown will warm their hearts.

caryjo said...

One of these times, I'd like to send you a couple of the essay and personal stories connected to a downtown missions issue I was very involved in a number of years ago. I was so touched by them, and they by me.

If I was in your area, believe me, I'd be loading blanket after blanket in a van and giving them to you. It's very much in my heart!! Thank you.

Positively Alene said...

Oh my - just beautiful! I love your pics as they remind me of my friends here. My heart is with you -